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Roar Nets March 9 2008

Propagation very erratic.  K=3 at first up to K=5 later.  A =10  Flux=70
0800z - 0900z  Europe - Anzo Net on 14,293 Long Path.
Again I heard little  - Thanks to Klaus for this report : -
"Greetings Bill,
Again one of these days where it helped to be living south of the Channel. When I put on my head phones, a triangle QSO was already
running between VK4ZD, ZL1RD and VK3KCD and booming in and PA0SDZ had called in.
08:04z  VK4ZD, Bill. 59/59. Call sign of Bill's & Diane's daughter, Alizah: VK4FOXE. Unfortunately, operation on 14 MHz not allowed.
08:07z  ZL1RD, Rob. 59/59. 100 W and 3-el. beam on top of ridge. XYL Helen is ZL1WHL. 12 acres in area known as Dairy Flat. 
08:08z  VK3KCD, Peter. 56. Got 58. Although Peter is very active on the net, this was our first decent QSO in a couple of years. 
08:21z  PA0SDZ, Les. No copy here, but Les worked Bill and Rob.
08:23z  EA7GSU, Pertti, worked Bill and Rob, but nothing heard here until 08:55 when signal quickly increased to 59.
08:25z  G4YZE, Bill, 33 here and, as far as I could gather, only slightly better in VK4 and ZL1.
08:30z  HB9MCZ, Jean Francois from Montreux. Visitor, 55, but quickly lost. Rob took over and got name and QTH.
09:05z  Net closed.
At about 08:30, VK4ZD quickly dropped to 55 and 44, which made me believe that the net had started too late,
but after 5 - 10 minutes Bill came back again to 57 and stayed there.
ZL1RD's signal was very steady here, 59 for a start and dropping to 57 at the end.
Not two Sundays with the same propagation pattern.
73  Klaus, HB9CQS"
0900z - 1000z  UK 80-metre Net on 3,694.
G2FUU Tommy in charge from Nazeing, Essex.
Ten on the net in very long skip and lots of qrm.
1130z - 1230z  International Net on 14,293.
Transatlantic path dead.  Following received from Jim/W1QUO : -
Dear Bill,
I monitored 14.293 from 11 to 12:30 UTC, Sunday, March 9.  Solar noise was extremely heavy throughout this period. 
No signals were heard, not even a weak heterodyne.  About 12:40 the band opened up for a short period and I worked
a maritime mobile station in the Caribbean.  He confirmed poor propagation. Hoping for better results next Sunday.
                                                       73  Jim  W1QUO
And from Coos/VE2GTI : -
Sunday morning 11.40 Z.
"Hi Bill!
Band absolutely dead. Noise level 3-5
Yesterday and last night we had a terrible (biggest ever) snow storm. The gardens are meters high with snow.
Even I (6'5") cannot look over the mountains made by the snow machine that keeps our driveway way clean every 4-6 hours!
The contractor is not making much money this snow season, which started mid November. 
Don't know whether we shall make it to church or not.
                                                        73's to all     Coos VE2GTI 
We did better with some short skip into Spain
EA7GSU Pertti and John EA/G4HMG were 5/8 here and had a ball getting good contacts with Don G0JWE, Cees PA2X,
and  John GW4KVJ plus a few visitors.
Not exactly what we intended but it made a very interesting net.
I can only echo Jim's sentiments.  Better luck next week !
1900z - 2000z  UK evening 80-metre Net on 3,694
G0SQH Derek in charge from Ringwood.
Six on the net including EA/G4HMG John from Spain.-
and it was great to hear Don G0JWE back home after 3 weeks
cruise up the Amazon, into the rain forest - and the Caribbean.
We look forward to a full account of his travels.
Strong signals with some qsb on nearer stations.
Interesting propagation !
Messages Received.
Our President John Maier W8AUV has responded to a request from RI  with a review of Roar and Amateur Radio activities for
publication in a future edition of The Rotarian and has received the following response : -
Wonderful!  I look forward to reading your story in ROTARIAN magazine.  My best wishes to everyone in ROAR. 
I am happy that not only am I Chairman of R. I. Committee on Fellowships, but a member of ROAR.
Abraham I. Gordon, WA1YCG, Chairman, R. I. Committee on Fellowships.
                               That's all for this week.
                                    73 de Bill g4yze  
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